Could it be? Nah. But wait... look again... Holy crap! I agree w/km! What is this world coming too?
Seriously, getting out of a war we had no business starting, and re-focusing on one that was arguably justified eight years ago made for good "Change we can believe in" messaging. But that was then and this is now. That justification disappeared with Bin Laden into the mountains and caves of Pakistan — or the 'burbs of New Jersey for all we know.
We can't find bad guy no. 1. The Taliban is the Taliban — past, present, and foreseeable future. And we're doing a better job of recruiting for Al Qaeda than we are for the freakin' U.S. Army!
We need to get out of there, too. ASAP! Given the crap going on at home, I think we need a few years of good 'ol isolationism so we can fix what's broken here before we resume the role of Maytag Repairman to the World®.
i think we need to get out. then again, i was one of the few people in 2001 who didn't want us to go in because i thought it would just lead to quagmire we couldn't officially win and many people would die. this is still a decades long project and the public is already growing weary of our efforts in Afghanistan. so despite Obama's pledge that this is the war we should be fighting, i think he's got his toughest decision by far coming up and it makes the healthcare decisions look petty. and i think he'd be foolish to increase efforts and troops, but i fear that's what the general is going to recommend.
Loc: Alexandria, VA
LOL, I love the way words are sliced and diced here.
"Facts that you don't hear about."
"Facts that you don't hear about."
As a matter of fact, that was the *entirety* of your post -- my apologies for mangling your words so.
As for why the MSM doesn't report more on the positive influences US efforts may be having, it's probably the same reason you don't see a ton of happy-fluffy-puppy stories in general: good news doesn't sell nearly as well. Which is a shame, but ever since the decisions were made that news units had to be profit centers, you're not going to find a whole lot of balance because balance is relatively boring ...
5th photo down, he's the insanely tall dude swearing in re-recruits.
His mom sent him a toilet a month ago, hasn't arrived yet. She said they're bathing in a nearby river, and conditions are terrible, and some of his guys got hit by an IED a few weeks ago and he's pretty mad about it. He wants to come home, but not if it means the Taliban retake the country.
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